Michael specialises in serious fraud, financial and business crime, serious crime and regulatory cases. Many of his cases are high profile. He tackles cases with precision, and has a meticulous, analytical and persuasive approach. He offers clients strategic advice and focused representation at all times.
Michael advises and represents private clients and clients directly on a Direct Public Access basis (including for regulatory cases, criminal defence cases and appeals).
Michael is a specialist in serious and organised crime cases, including offences of homicide, large scale drugs importation and distribution, people exploitation and trafficking.
Notable cases include:
Michael acts for both corporate and individual clients facing serious and complex fraud proceedings, and cases involving business crime allegations. He defends and prosecutes large scale cases in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Home Office, Office of Fair Trading, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. He has particular proficiency in cases involving Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) Fraud and Immigration Fraud.
He is available to act in an advisory capacity from the early stages of an investigation if required.
He has been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office A Panel, as well as to the Crown Prosecution Service Fraud Panel. He has been instructed in some of the largest serious fraud litigation to be investigated and brought before the Courts. He has particular experience of bribery, corruption, misconduct in public office and accounting fraud cases.
Notable cases include:
Earlier notable cases include:
Michael provides rigorous and strategic legal representation for clients facing investigation by Regulators and Law Enforcement Authorities.
He provides advice and support for compliance matters, all aspects of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and money laundering regulations.
Michael represents clients before the General Medical Council (including its Fitness to Practise Panel), the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Police Disciplinary Tribunal in complex cases of misconduct.
He provides cross-jurisdictional representation for individuals and companies in linked regulatory and criminal litigation.
Michael advises and represents clients (including companies) before the Tax Tribunal in HMRC related litigation and tax disputes. He has considerable experience of multimillion pound VAT appeals involving Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud investigations. He also conducts HMRC and excise related litigation before the Tax Tribunal and criminal courts.
Michael represents individual and corporate clients in Health and Safety prosecutions, including serious fatality at work cases.
Michael represents interested parties at inquests and in public enquiries.
Legal 500: Leading Junior
COMBAR: Legal profession Brexit Working Group paper on Criminal Law (2017)
Brexit & Money Laundering Regulation (2017)
University of Leeds
University of London
Inns of Court School of Law
South Eastern Circuit
Financial Services Lawyers Association
Proceeds of Crime Association of Lawyers
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyer
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association
Deputy District Judge
Serious Fraud Office Panel A Counsel (2013, 2017)
CPS Grade 4 (Highest Grade) (2013 to date)
CPS Specialist Fraud Panel (2013 to date)
CPS Serious Crime Panel (2013 to date)
Former appointment: Attorney General B Panel
Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple).
Ethics Trainer (Inner Temple)
Criminal Bar Association Social Mobility Committee Member (2017)
South Eastern Circuit Committee Member (2017)
Barrister Mentor (Inner Temple).
Direct Access Accredited
Independent Reviewer for the Surrey Police Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund (2013 -2016).
Regional Coordinator for the National Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial Competition (2011-2017).